SHoP Members

Founders & Event Curators

Laura Shaeffer (

John Preus

Community Woodshop Director

Erik Peterson

First Unitarian Church Liason

Cindy Pardo

SHoP Members:

Beate Geissler is a member of the Hyde Park Kunstverein (HPK), and will act as the consultant on cultural affairs and the liason to Neue Berliner Kunstverein. As one half of the internationally exhibited photography and installation duo of Geissler & Sann, Beate is working to develop our HPK concept based on the contemporary kunstverein model in Germany, Beate is the key link between the Chicago arts community and the German Kunstverein culture, and more specifically between SHOP Kunstverein and NBK. She will collaborate with the directors and educators at NBK through simultaneously staged exhibitions and potlucks and walks, while assisting in the web documentation of the site-to-site translations.

Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford teaches sculpture at DePaul University and the Chicago High School for the Arts. Born in Vermont, he received his M.F.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He recently attended the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. He has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, the British Institute and co-directed the Children’s Expressive Arts Project, a not-for-profit that works domestically and internationally to effect change through the arts. In 2010 he spent a year living and working in Sicily as a Fulbright Scholar where he carried out a project that spanned teaching art to underprivileged teens, studying traditional boat building, and staging a reenactment of Ulysses escaping from the Cyclops Polyphemus on a large-scale floating sculpture. He has performed and exhibited at the American Academy in Rome, the Hyde Park Art Center, Mess Hall and Gallery 400, among other spaces.

Cindy Pardo is the First Unitarian liaison member of the Board, co-owner of The Fair Trader, and a fiber artist, focusing on studio art quilts and wearable art.

Erik Peterson is a founding member and the creative director of the Hyde Park Kunstverein (HPK) and will work as a co-director of the SHOP Community Woodshop. Erik has an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work manifests in public projects that often feature collaboration and community involvement ( These projects include everything from gallery objects to large-scale public sculptures to transcultural video games and cultural centers like SHOP.

Michael W. Phillips Jr. has been film programmer for Bank of America Cinema and the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival (CIMMfest). His new nonprofit screening organization (South Side Projections) presents films and discussions throughout Chicago’s south side. You can call him Mike.

John Preus ( is an artist, builder, husband and father, sometimes teacher, almost musician, serving on the curatorial committee.

Laura Shaeffer is an artist, mother, wife, and teacher, interested in social activism, community organisation and alternative pedagogy. Founder of the Op Shop, a temporary nomadic cultural center in Hyde Park, and co-director of Home Gallery, a series of contemporary art exhibits in a domestic setting. In addition to serving as artistic director of SHOP and a member of the curatorial committee, Laura will work as the co-director of exhibitions and events for the HPK, Community Museum at SHOP. Laura will also facilitate and teach many workshops and classes throughout the year with kids and adults.

David Durstewitz runs the weekly writers’ circle and handles many, many other tasks at SHoP.

Lizzy Szwaya is a full-time student of fine art at Columbia College Chicago, lending services to SHOP as photo documentarian and as a member of the Curatorial Committee.

SHoP Interns

Francesca Dana

Victoria Thurmond

Bloggers/Website Team

Andrew Nord (


2 thoughts on “SHoP Members

  1. Great to meet you Laura, and thanks for your time at last night’s music event. I’ll try to keep up…

    Mark Nielsen
    Chicago/Oak Park/etc.

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